1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

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  • (+)o Sinatra, Frank – In the Wee Small Hours
  • o Ellington, Duke – At Newport (1956)
  • (+)o Sinatra, Frank – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!
  • (+)o Monk, Thelonious – Brilliant Corners
  • (+)o Davis, Miles – Birth of the Cool
  • o Machito – Kenya
  • o Little Richard – Here’s…
  • o Puente, Tito & His Orchestra – Dance Mania (1958)
  • (+)o Holiday, Billie – Lady in Satin
  • o Elliott, Jack – Jack Takes the Floor
  • o Vaughan, Sarah – At Mister Kelly’s
  • o Fitzgerald, Ella – Sings the Gershwin Song Book
  • (+)o Charles, Ray – Genius of… (1959)
  • (+)o Davis, Miles – Kind of Blue
  • (+)o Robbins, Marty – Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs
  • (+)o Brubeck, Dave – Time Out
  • o Baez, Joan – Joan Baez (1960)
  • (+)o Presley, Elvis – Elvis is Back!
  • o Makeba, Miriam – Miriam Makeba (1960)
  • (+)o Everly Brothers – A Date with the…
  • o Smith, Jimmy – Back at the Chicken Shack
  • o Muddy Waters – At Newport
  • (+)o Evans, Bill – Sunday at the Village Vanguard
  • (+)o Charles, Ray - Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music
  • (+)o Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions
  • o Getz, Stan & Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba
  • o Beatles – With the…
  • (+)o Dylan, Bob – Freewheelin’…
  • o Spector, Phil & Various Artists – A Christmas Gift for You
  • o Mingus, Charles – Black Saint & the Sinner Lady)
  • o Getz, Stan & João Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto
  • o Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night
  • o Springfield, Dusty - A Girl Called Dusty
  • o Sonics – Here Are the…
  • (+)o Dylan, Bob – Bringing it All Back Home
  • o Beach Boys – Today!
  • (+)o Coltrane, John – A Love Supreme
  • o Beatles – Rubber Soul
  • o Byrds, Mr Tambourine Man
  • (+)o Dylan, Bob – Highway 61 Revisited
  • o Beatles – Revolver
  • (+)o Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  • o Byrds – Fifth Dimension
  • (+)o Dylan, Bob – Blonde on Blonde
  • o Kinks – Face to Face
  • o Mamas & the Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears
  • o Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
  • o Rolling Stones – Aftermath
  • o Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
  • o Nico – Chelsea Girl
  • (+)o Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • o Buffalo Springfield – Again
  • (+)o Love – Forever Changes
  • o Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn
  • (+)o Who – Sell Out
  • (+)o Velvet Underground - & Nico
  • o Sinatra, Frank - Frank Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • o Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
  • o Kinks – Something Else by the…
  • o Hendrix, Jimi – Are You Experienced
  • (+)o Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
  • o Hendrix, Jimi – Axis: Bold as Love
  • (+)o Franklin, Aretha – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  • o Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
  • o Kinks – Village Green Preservation Society
  • o Hendrix, Jimi – Electric Ladyland
  • o Franklin, Aretha – Lady Soul
  • o Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
  • (+)o Band – Music from Big Pink
  • o Zombies – Odessey & Oracle
  • o Morrison, Van – Astral Weeks
  • o Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
  • o Beatles – Beatles [aka White Album]
  • (+)o Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in it for the Money
  • o Young, Neil – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
  • (+)o Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica
  • o Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country
  • o Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • o Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears (2nd Album)
  • o Flying Burrito Brothers – Gilded Palace of Sin
  • o Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
  • o Beatles – Abbey Road
  • (+)o Who – Tommy
  • o Davis, Miles – In a Silent Way
  • o Pentangle – Basket of Light
  • o Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
  • (+)o Drake, Nick – Five Leaves Left
  • o Springfield, Dusty – Dusty in Memphis
  • (+)o Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground (3rd Album)
  • o Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1st Album)
  • (+)o Band – Band (2nd Album)
  • o Led Zeppelin – II
  • (+)o Sly & the Family Stone – Stand!
  • o Buckley, Tim – Happy Sad
  • o Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking
  • o Hayes, Isaac – Hot Buttered Soul
  • o Kinks – Arthur: Or the Decline & Fall of the British Empire
  • o Zappa, Frank – Hot Rats
  • (+)o Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
  • o Derek & the Dominos – Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs
  • (+)o Davis, Miles – Bitches Brew
  • o Carpenters – Close to You
  • o Lennon, John – Plastic Ono Band
  • o Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà vu
  • (+)o Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  • (+)o Young, Neil – After the Gold Rush
  • o Led Zeppelin – III
  • o Morrison, Van – Moondance
  • (+)o Drake, Nick – Bryter Layter
  • (+)o Who – Live at Leeds(1st Album)
  • o Stewart, Rod – Gasoline Alley
  • o Harrison, George – All Things Must Pass
  • o Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • (+)o Stooges – Fun House
  • o McCartney, Paul – McCartney (1970)
  • o Crosby, David – If Only I Could Remember My Name
  • (+)o Sly & the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
  • (+)o Gaye, Marvin – What’s Going On
  • (+)o Who – Who’s Next
  • (+)o King, Carole – Tapestry
  • o Hayes, Isaac – Shaft: Music from the Soundtrack
  • o Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
  • o Lennon, John – Imagine
  • (+)o Beach Boys – Surf’s Up
  • o Yes – Fragile
  • o John, Elton – Madman Across the Water
  • o McLean, Don – American Pie
  • o Led Zeppelin – IV [aka Untitled / aka Four Symbols]
  • (+)o Gainsbourg, Serge – Histoire de Melody Nelson
  • o Stewart, Rod – Every Picture Tells a Story
  • (+)o Mitchell, Joni – Blue
  • o Clark, Gene – White Light
  • o Prine, John – John Prine (1st Album)
  • (+)o Bowie, David – Hunky Dory
  • (+)o Big Star – # 1 Record
  • (+)o Young, Neil – Harvest
  • (+)o Mayfield, Curtis – Superfly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • (+)o Reed, Lou – Transformer
  • o Rundgren, Todd – Something/Anything
  • o Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
  • (+)o Wonder, Stevie – Talking Book
  • o Buckley, Tim – Greetings from LA
  • (+)o Drake, Nick – Pink Moon
  • (+)o Bowie, David – Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  • o Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St
  • (+)o Reed, Lou – Berlin
  • o Gaye, Marvin – Let’s Get it On
  • o Hancock, Herbie – Head Hunters
  • o Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
  • (+)o Wonder, Stevie – Innervisions
  • o McCartney, Paul & Wings – Band on the Run
  • o Genesis – Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
  • o Otis, Shuggie – Inspiration Information
  • o Wonder, Stevie – Fullfillingness’ First Finale
  • o Morrison, Van – It’s Too Late to Stop Now
  • (+)o Mitchell, Joni – Court & Spark
  • o Roxy Music – Country Life
  • o Thompson, Richard & Linda – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
  • (+)o Young, Neil – On the Beach
  • o Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
  • o Newman, Randy – Good Old Boys
  • o Parsons, Gram – Grievous Angel
  • (+)o Eno, Brian – Another Green World
  • o Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
  • o Jarrett, Keith – Köln Concert
  • (+)o Springsteen, Bruce – Born to Run
  • (+)o Young, Neil – Tonight’s the Night
  • (+)o Dylan, Bob – Blood on the Tracks
  • (+)o Smith, Patti – Horses
  • (+)o Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
  • o Mayfield, Curtis – There’s No Place Like America Today
  • (+)o Modern Lovers – Modern Lovers [Rec 1972, not released until 1976]
  • (+)o Bowie, David – Station to Station
  • o Tosh, Peter – Legalize It
  • (+)o Wonder, Stevie – Songs in the Key of Life
  • (+)o Eno, Brian – Before & After Science
  • o Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
  • (+)o Clash – Clash (1st Album)
  • (+)o Bowie, David – Low
  • (+)o Wire – Pink Flag
  • (+)o Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
  • (+)o Bowie, David – ‘Heroes’
  • o Wilson, Dennis – Pacific Ocean Blue
  • (+)o Television – Marquee Moon
  • (+)o Costello, Elvis – My Aim is True
  • (+)o Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the…
  • (+)o Costello, Elvis – This Year’s Model
  • (+)o Jam – All Mod Cons
  • (+)o Big Star – Third (aka Sister Lovers)
  • (+)o Springsteen, Bruce – Darkness on the Edge of Town
  • o Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
  • (+)o Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings & Food
  • (+)o Cars – Cars (1st Album)
  • o Gaye, Marvin – Here, My Dear
  • o Police – Reggatta de Blanc
  • (+)o Talking Heads – Fear of Music
  • (+)o Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
  • (+)o Clash – London Calling
  • (+)o Faithfull, Marianne – Broken English
  • o Costello, Elvis – Armed Forces
  • o Young, Neil – Rust Never Sleeps
  • (+)o Gang of Four – Entertainment!
  • o Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
  • (+)o Pink Floyd – Wall, the
  • o Jackson, Michael – Off the Wall
  • (+)o Talking Heads – Remain in Light
  • (+)o Joy Division – Closer
  • (+)o Jam – Sound Affects
  • o Pretenders – Pretenders (1st Album)
  • o Prince – 1999
  • (+)o Costello, Elvis – Imperial Bedroom
  • o Fagen, Donald – Nightfly
  • o Jackson, Michael – Thriller
  • (+)o Springsteen, Bruce – Nebraska
  • (+)o Duran Duran – Rio
  • (+)o Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes (1st Album)
  • (+)o REM – Murmur
  • o Lauper, Cyndi – She’s So Unusual
  • o U2 – War
  • o Police – Synchronicity
  • o Culture Club – Colour by Numbers
  • o Prince – Purple Rain
  • o Style Council – Café Bleu
  • (+)o Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime
  • o Springsteen, Bruce – Born in the USA
  • (+)o Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair
  • o Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen (aka Two Wheels Good)
  • o Costello, Elvis – Blood & Chocolate
  • (+)o Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
  • o Sonic Youth – Evol
  • o Simon, Paul – Graceland
  • (+)o XTC – Skylarking
  • (+)o Smiths – Queen is Dead
  • o Parton, Dolly with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – Trio
  • (+)o REM – Document
  • o Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times
  • o Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs & Stories
  • (+)o Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come
  • o Sonic Youth – Sister
  • o U2 – Joshua Tree
  • (+)o REM – Green
  • o My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything
  • (+)o Pixies – Surfer Rosa
  • o Metallica – And Justice for All
  • o American Music Club – California
  • o Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
  • (+)o Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
  • (+)o Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  • o Kravtiz, Lenny – Let Love Rule
  • o Madonna – Like a Prayer’
  • o Zorn, John – Spy vs Spy: Music of Ornette Coleman
  • o Cure – Disintegration
  • (+)o Pixies – Doolittle
  • o Pixies – Bossanova
  • o Young, Neil – Ragged Glory
  • (+)o O’Connor, Sinéad – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
  • o Sonic Youth – Goo
  • (+)o My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
  • o U2 – Achtung Baby
  • (+)o Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted
  • o Morrissey – Your Arsenal
  • o Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray
  • (+)o REM – Automatic for the People
  • o Sonic Youth – Dirty
  • o Phair, Liz – Exile in Guyville
  • o Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen
  • (+)o Harvey, P.J. – Rid of Me
  • (+)o Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  • (+)o Portishead – Dummy
  • (+)o Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
  • (+)o Costello, Elvis – Brutal Youth
  • o Blur – Parklife
  • (+)o Buckley, Jeff – Grace
  • o Tricky – Maxinquaye
  • (+)o Radiohead – Bends, the
  • o Guided by Voices – Alien Lanes
  • o Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
  • (+)o Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
  • o Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  • (+)o Beck – Odelay
  • o Wilco – Being There
  • (+)o Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
  • (+)o Radiohead – OK Computer
  • (+)o Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
  • o Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1997)
  • (+)o Dylan, Bob – Time Out of Mind
  • (+)o Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen, We are Floating in Space
  • (+)o Dylan, Bob – Bootleg Series Vol 4: Live 1966 [rec: 1966 at Free Trade Hall, Manchester]
  • (+)o Bragg, Billy & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue
  • (+)o Hill, Lauryn – Miseducation of…
  • (+)o Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs
  • o Air – Moon Safari
  • (+)o Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children
  • o Moby – Play
  • (+)o Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin
  • (+)o Bonnie Prince Billy – I See a Darkness
  • (+)o Radiohead – Kid A
  • o U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • o Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
  • (+)o OutKast – Stankonia
  • o Radiohead – Amnesiac
  • o Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
  • (+)o Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  • (+)o Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • (+)o Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
  • (+)o Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
  • o OutKast – Speakerboxxx/Love Below
  • o Wilson, Brian – SMiLE